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METCALF AWARDS PAY TRIBUTE TO STORIES OF RHODE ISLAND DIVERSITY


Carlos Spinola will receive the Community Journalism award.

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Media plays a critical role in a diverse society, helping ensure that all voices are heard. The Metcalf Awards for Diversity in the Media organized by Rhode Island for Community & Justice (RICJ) honors journalistic excellence in reporting on diversity in ways that inspire, engage and empower.

 

Six awards will be presented at a breakfast celebration at The Hotel Providence on Tuesday, May 12th at 8:00am. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at www.ricj.org or by calling RICJ at (401) 467-1717.

 

The winning stories are (links to winning entries are available on the RICJ website):

 

“The Good Radical” by Kendall Moore, University of Rhode Island Journalism and Film Media Department, for her documentary on the relationship between radical activist Dr. Cynthia Hamilton who develops multiple sclerosis and her 80-year old mother Evelyn who cares for her.

 

“On Patrol, Reflections About Race” by Tom Mooney and The Providence Journal for a post-Ferguson story on two Providence police officers– one black, one white – on patrol together, and their perspectives on doing their job in a climate of racial tension.

 

“A Clean Release” by Casey Nilsson and Rhode Island Monthly, for a story about a pop-up recovery community center inside the RI women’s prison, that teaches inmates struggling with addiction about staying sober on the outside.

 

“Transgender Bullying” by Elisabeth Harrison and Rhode Island Public Radio, for a follow up feature about a young, openly transgender student who faced bullying during her first year of middle school and had the courage to speak up.

 

carlos-spinola-smCarlos Spinola will receive the Community Journalism award. A social worker by trade, he has for many years and for many local, regional and international publications served as a volunteer journalist, exemplifying the dedication and passion of community journalists.

 

Evolution Cultural Group Magazine and its editor and founder Miguel Ángel Odio, writers and staff, are being honored for the magazine’s impressive body of work focused on diversity and a multiplicity of cultures.

 

For more information, contact RICJ at 401-467-1717 or email ricj@ricj.org.

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